TIPS + TRICKS FOR MEAL PLANNING

Ok guys I wanted to share the process I go through to plan out my meals for the week and how I grocery shop. Meal planning is actually one of my favorite things to do. Some of these may be obvious to you but I’ve been wanting to write this for awhile. It really is a great cash saver. It can help you avoid impulse purchases, buying duplicate items you already have sitting at home and overall can help contribute to a healthier lifestyle!

1. Evaluate what you currently have. Check your fridge and pantry. Also, check your spice cabinet.

2. Start planning your meals. I usually rely on Pinterest, ideas from my sisters, food network shows, buzzfeed food, etc. If you’re really struggling there are several apps and websites out there that can help you create ideas (Cookbrite, Epicurious and Supercook are a few of my favorites). Think about what lies ahead in the upcoming week. Do you have errands to run after work? Planning on going to the gym? This helps you establish the meals you want to make. Trader Joe’s and Lucky’s are my go to spots for easy quick meals. Physically write down all your meals. You’re committed now!

3.  Form your grocery list. I like to list what I need according to how the store is laid out. I hate being somewhere in the store or even in the check out line realizing I forgot somehing that is on the opposite side of the store.

4. Shop! No need to stress in the middle of an aisle or hesitate at the meat counter when your asked what you would like with your meals already planned.

Today’s grocery haul was a combination from Trader Joe’s and Kroger. I have a busy week so I had to get some quick dinners to make!